Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The battle of summer dramas 2008

There was a battle last night with 2 dramas starting at the same time. Next week, the competition will intensify with MBC joining the battle.

After a derth of interesting dramas in the 1st half of the year (only 'On Air' was of any interest), it seems the competition has started to heat up recently and will continue in the next few months to come until the end of the year.

'Gourmet'
SBS: Mon/Tue, 17/06
Kim Rae Won, Nam Sang Mi, Kwon Oh Joo, Kim So Yeon
thread on soompi
SBS official site
trailer


This is probably one of the most anticipated drama for now, if only because of the storyline and theme- food. The movie version, 'Le Grand Chef' did very well in the box office. The drama version should have more opportunities for character development and a chance to look at the Korean gourmet. I know I was salivating when I watched the movie. hehe!

           

Of course, many people will also be looking out for Kim Rae Won, as he hasn't done anything since 'Which Star are you from?' in 2006. This young man has come a long way since his 'Plum Blossoms' days. ^^ Wonder if he's still as shy since the last time I met him in Singapore.....

But besides Kim Rae Won, I am also looking forward to Kim So Yeon. Remember when I was blogging about 'All About Eve'? Kim So Yeon was so good at her character that I could not bring myself to hate her, and I think alot of people felt the same way too. I've not seen her drama for a long time and I'm really looking forward to it.

'Strongest Chil Woo'
KBS 2: Mon/Tue, 17/06
Eric Mun Jung Hyuk, Goo Hye Sun, Yoo Ah In, Kim Byul
thread on soompi
KBS official site
trailer


This is Eric's 1st saegeuk or period drama. As I was telling someone the other day, it's kind of difficult to imagine him in such dramas as I kept thinking of him as a rapper in Shinhwa. Still...his acting skills have been pretty good so far. I'm sure there will be much comparisons between 'Iljimae' (starring Lee Jun Ki and doing very well currently) and 'Hong Gil Dong'. All 3 dramas have this robin hood theme. Actually, quite a few have already called Eric Korea's version of Zorro. And he does look like one, doesn't he?


Goo Hye Sun is completely new to me but if you are a Singaporean (particularly if you belong to the more matured crowd), then you may recognise her. She was in the daily drama, 'Pure 19' and is now capturing the interest of all my friends' mothers as it is airing on Channel U currently. ^^

Another note of interest, remember the strong, goofy man in 'Coffee Prince Shop No 1'? Well, he's in this drama too. hmmm..... interesting....

'When It's at Night'
MBC: Mon/Tue, 23/06
Kim Soon Ah, Lee Dong Gun, Kim Jung Hwa, Lee Joo Hyun
thread on soompi
MBC official site
trailer


This is probably the one only drama amongst the 3 where the female lead is much more anticipated than the male lead....not that I dislike Lee Dong Gun. BUT, I think alot of people are waiting eagerly for the return of Kim Soon Ah to the small screen after the success of 'My Name is Kim Sam Soon' in 2005. Would she still be as funny?

Btw, the pose does look ala Mr and Mrs Smith, doesn't it? hehe! It was pointed out by quite a few people on soompi.

For Lee Dong Gun, this was a great effort on him as he had to commence shooting not long after the tragic murder of his brother in Australia.

And the setting is rather unusual too. Kim Soon Ah is a sexy government official, tasked with the job of recovering national treasures and Lee Dong Gun is the flirty professor, who has been appointed to help the team. I believe Kim Soon Ah will be able to deliver her brand of humour with no problem and it will be great to see Lee Dong Gun again in a comedy after his last few sad, serious, tragic roles.

'My Sweet Seoul'
KBS: Fri, 06/06
Choi Kang Hee, Lee Seon Gyeon, Ji Hyun Woo,
thread on soompi
SBS official site
trailer


This drama is not much talked about and I'm not even sure if many people know about it as it's airing on a Friday night...which is rather unusual. But because of Lee Seon Gyeon (aka The Voice), I've taken an interest in it. And if you don't know The Voice, then you've got to watch this...

The Voice

I'm not familiar with Choi Kang Hee but I noticed that she's can be considered as a veteran actress as her career started way back in 1996. Anyway, I like her looks in this drama.

As for Ji Hyun Woo, he has quite a lot of fans, young and not-so-young (though I would say most of them are probably young...hehe!). He stirred up quite a bit of interest in the drama 'Over the Rainbow' but I sitll think he was strange in 'Meri Daegu'.

Anyway, like many of the Korean dramas nowadays, this is also adapted from a book. It's about a single woman, seeking love. I guess a bit like 'Bridget Jones' Diary' + 'Sex in the City' + 'Dalja's Spring'. Perhaps because this theme has been explored quite a bit recently, hence there doesn't seemed to be much interest. Still... I like the feel of the preview/ trailer that I've watched.

At the moment, after last night's fight, 'Gourmet' is leading slightly (as I suspected) but it will become more interesting next Monday when 'When it's at night' joins in the war for ratings and viewership.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Tiffany
Haven't visited your blog for a while.
I'm following Pure 19 and I must say it's better than many of the 16-episode series. Goo Hye Sun's winsome personality and Seo Ji Seok's dashing looks (he acted in Kim Ki Duk's Bow- excellent music) make Pure 19 one of my favourite dramas after Dalja's Spring and Vineyard Man. KBS's day dramas could be soooo good. You should catch it because nearly all the romantic moments are tinged with some zany elements. Go you tube's zgreater's channel to catch episode 56 and 161 to know what I mean. It has the most hilarious wedding night scenarioof all K-dramas.

good evening
non aunty xin-xin

tiffany said...

Hello Ms Xin Xin ^^

Actually, quite a few of my friends are hooked on this drama too...not just their mothers.

But.....at over 100+ episodes....I think I will have to give this a miss..but maybe I'll try to catch that 2 episode that you mentioned. :)

Anonymous said...

Tiffany, oediyeyo?

Not a single blog for almost 2 months??? What’s this, what’s goin' on here, what is this about? Have you outgrown Shinhwa? Is your love affair with Bae Young Joon over? Or worse, have you abandoned Kimchiland altogether? Oh ajumma, say it isn’t so!

Let me just say that you have a lot of fans here in the Philippines. We follow your Hallyu exploits religiously as we have the same fascination to this cold country(Korea), as you have, coming from a tropical country(I know, I know, they’re not fooling anyone with those kissing snowmen and frolics in the snow like it’s the equivalent of a walk on a warm sunny tropical beach, but they do make it look inviting!). Hope you get that keyboard working again soon as there’s lots of us waiting for your comments, reviews and general observations of Korea and everything Korean.

Just to get you started, have you heard of Kwon Sang Woo getting married soon? He left a trail of broken hearts in his wake! Now imagine Bae Young Joon dropping the same bomb?

Han Jan Man